Identify & Using Existing Resources – Searching & Tracking OER
There are several places to find open content to use in your text. The UBC Summon search can provide you with other openly licensed texts that may allow you to reuse the content. Google provides an advanced search that allows you to limit your search to a variety of openly licensed items. There are also open repositories and aggregators that specifically provide access to openly licensed material for use in educational settings. To learn about these spaces and how to search them, go the UBC Library Open Education LibGuide.
Permissions & Attribution Tracking
Before you start identifying complementary resources to use in your open text, you need to develop a process of capturing the permissions and details about the objects to ensure that you are using the resource properly in your text and that you are accurately attributing the work.
A permissions and attribution tracker will help you track all necessary information for attribution (i.e., title, author, source, and license). You should keep track of attribution information as you search to ensure that all additional elements are compatible with your resources overall license before you begin writing content. Failing to adequately track attribution information from the outset may require time-consuming edits at later stages of the writing process.